Seventy-three civil organisations have called on the government in a joint statement to ensure protection for Hungary’s Balaton, Velencei and Fertő lakes, as well as the Old Lake in Tata.
The petition is aimed at preventing further construction, whether state-financed or private, in natural heritage areas, according to a statement the signatories sent to MTI on Wednesday, arguing that the sites in question were important natural assets and endangered habitats of protected species.
The signatories, including Greenpeace and WWF Hungary, as well as the Hungarian Ornithology and Environment Protection Association, warned that planned development projects were in contravention with the state’s constitutional obligation to protect those assets.
In the featured photo illustration: the Old Lake in Tata. Photo by Csaba Jászai/MTVA